Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)


  • OCOT: Will it stay or will it go?.  Click here for article in Daily Commercial News.
  • Terrance Oakey: Canadian workers — and voters — are at the mercy of the union bosses’ partisan whimsClick here for article in National Post.
  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce Report on the College of Trades.  Click here
  • For website for Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance, click here 
  • Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance says Smoke and Mirrors review of Ontario College of Trades Not EnoughClick here.
  • Ontario Liberals, through the Ontario College of Trades, finding a way to pay the carpenters’ union back for their support.  Click here for article in Canadian Contractor.
  • Stop the Trades Tax Campaign Supports MPP Garfield Dunlop’s Saving Apprentices Jobs Act.  Click here for news item.
  • Garfield Dunlop, licensed plumber and Ontario MPP, launches private members’ bill to counter Ontario College of Trades Click here for article in Canadian Contractor.
  • Ontario College of Trades review panel bias issue heading to court.  Click here for news item in the Ontario Construction report. 
  • Garfield Dunlop, MPP Calls for Independent Investigation of “Biased” Ontario Colleges of Trades Ratio Review Process.  Click here for news release.
  • OCOT consultation comes to a halt over possible bias.  Click here for article in Daily Commercial News.
  • College of Trades urged to halt review, increase transparency.  Click here for article in Industry News, ORBA
  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce Report on the College of Trades.  Click here.
  • Why the Ontario College of Trades should be abolished:  Interview with Garfield Dunlop, MPP (VIDEO).  Click here for Canadian Contractor Video .
  • Immediate action needed to reform provincial apprenticeship systems: Kenney.  Click here for news item in Daily Commercial News.
  • Ontario Businesses Call on Government to Axe the Trades Tax. Click here.
  • STOP THE TRADES TAX:     Click here for  website and to sign a petition.

Speak Out for Change!

The best way to change government policy is to communicate directly with decision-makers and let them know what you think.

Fill out the form here to tell the Ontario government what you think about the province’s electrical trades apprenticeship rules. Or if you prefer, write a letter or call. All the information you need can be found here.

  • Tell the Premier and Cabinet Ministers What You Think
  • Reach the Premier or Cabinet Ministers by Phone or Mail: Tell Them What You Think
  • Tell Your Local MPP What You Think
  • Ask a Friend to Help
  • Send a Message to the Ontario Electrical League

Tell the Premier and Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities What You Think About the Province’s Unfair Apprenticeship Ratios.

Write a Letter or Call the Premier and Cabinet Ministers:

Tell Them What You Think

Honourable Kathleen Wynne, MPP - kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Premier of Ontario
Room 281
Main Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
FAX: 416-325-7578
PH: 416-325-8500

Honourable Brad Duguid, MPP - mailto:bduiguid.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
3rd Floor, Mowat Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2
FAX: 416-325-1656
PH: 416-326-1600

Honourable Yasir Naqvi- ynaqvi.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Minister of Labour
400 University Avenue, 14th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1T7
FAX: 416-326-1449
PH: 416-326-7600

Please send a copy of all letters to Stephen Sell, President, Ontario Electrical League, via email at stephen.sell@oel.org, or via facsimile at 905-238-1420.

Tell Your Local MPP What You Think

In addition to the Premier and key Cabinet Ministers, you should also write to your local MPP. You can look up your local MPP’s contact information by typing in your home postal code via the following link: http://www.electionsontario.on.ca/fyed/en/form_page_en.jsp

Ask a Friend to Help

If you believe that Ontario’s unfair apprenticeship ratios should be changed in support of the province’s youth, please invite your friends to help this campaign.

A BIT OF HISTORY:  OCOT went live April 2013 !

The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act (OCTAA) replaces two previous pieces of legislation that set out the regulatory framework for the trades in Ontario – the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act (TQAA) and the Apprenticeship and Certification Act (ACA). On April 8th, the TQAA and ACA and regulations under those Acts were repealed. OCTAA and regulations made under OCTAA now set out the legislative and regulatory framework for the trades in Ontario.  OCTAA gives the College’s Board of Governors the authority to make regulations prescribing wage rates, ratios and training hours for apprentices. OCOT is Ontario’s newest and largest self-regulatory College eventually with 500,000 members working in the province’s more than 150 skilled trades.   Apprentices are required to pay an annual fee of $60 + HST to OCOT.